Fuengirola in southern Spain is perhaps best known for having some of the most well kept sandy beaches in the area. Many have the ‘blue flag’ status and have become very popular tourist destinations, particularly for those families with children. The coastline is a full 7 kilometres long and there is a hive of activity everywhere you go. Water skiing, jet skiing, kayaking and pedalos are just some of the water-based activities you can get involved in here. But what else is on offer for those staying in this vibrant part of Spain?
Top Tips for Enjoying Fuengirola
Apart from the fun and fabulous water sport activities, this resort has lots to offer. Great food and drink are served in family friendly restaurants and if you head away from the seaside you can enjoy good shopping, a castle and even a top-notch zoo.
To really get the most out of the town, it is a good idea to wander along the seafront promenade that covers the entire length of the town from the Sohail Castle to Torreblanca. If you are looking for a quieter beach on which to spend your days, head to the western end of the town close to the castle and you will be pleasantly surprised. All along the beach you can hire parasols and sun loungers for around £4.50 and this is for the whole day. You can even organise that your lounger is kept for you for the whole of your holiday. Remember though that if you have hired a car, parking can be difficult. A good tip is to park in the Plaza de la Constitución car park and walk to the beach. Parking close to the castle is also an option and only one euro.
If you are really out to relax and don’t fancy leaving your sun lounger to buy drinks and snacks, you will be pleased to know that beach sellers walk up and down all day offering all kinds of nibbles and drinks; a little like having your own private waiter.
Many of the attractions in the town tend to be busier from 4pm especially in summer, as this is when the temperatures become cooler and the town comes alive. If you want to really get a feel for local life here, make sure you head to one of Europe’s biggest street markets, which is held here every Tuesday. Selling everything from furniture to antiques and clothes to souvenirs, this place is a treasure trove of delights.
How to Get to Fuengirola
Travel to Fuengirola could not be easier as taxis from Malaga airport can be booked with Shuttle Direct on a shared or private basis. Shared taxis are cheaper and make great sense although if you want to travel privately Shuttle Direct offer competitive prices too. Malaga airport is only a 25 km drive from Fuengirola and is an airport with convenient flights from most European cities, including London, Paris, Milan, Berlin and Barcelona.
Booking taxis from Malaga airport can be done in advance and, once organised, you can enjoy a reliable and efficient service that will take you right to your hotel in the resort.
Where to Stay
Vegasol-Playa – Our choice of budget accommodation in Fuengirola is Vegasol-Playa, a modern option offering apartments that boast free Wi-Fi, TV and private terrace, with most enjoying views of the sea. All of the apartments have a kitchen area, dishwasher, washing machine and sofa in a lounge-diner. A free safe is also provided as well as air conditioning.
Hotel Apartamentos Pyr Fuengirola – Hotel Apartamentos Pyr Fuengirola is a great choice if you want a middle of the road accommodation option. Close to the beach and the marina, the hotel has an outdoor pool which is heated in winter as well as lovely gardens and free Wi-Fi. The apartments have either a terrace or a balcony with outdoor furniture and a fully equipped kitchen area. Air conditioning comes as standard as does a TV, sofa bed and private bathrooms. In summer a poolside bar sells snack and drinks but there is a vending machine too.
Casa Consistorial – Our choice of luxury accommodation is Casa Consistorial, a 5-minute walk from the beach but snuggly located in the historic town centre. There is a rooftop pool and terrace here and modern rooms have air conditioning and heating, Wi-Fi, flat-screen TV, minibar and safe. With complimentary toiletries, bathrobes and slippers provided, this hotel is a real treat. The restaurant serves gourmet fare and the dining area in this 19th century building is elegantly laid out around a fireplace. There is a sauna and a massage service at the hotel, which is available for an extra charge. Close to the beach and many of the other attractions, this hotel is a great choice if you are looking for something a little more upmarket.